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City Council focuses on the outdoors

Beaches, birds and bikes made up most of the agenda before the Dunkirk City Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

Mayor A.J. Dolce said Cedar Beach will be renovated to include volleyball courts and a special beach for dogs.

The mayor said the beach volleyball leagues approached him for more volleyball space. He said the plans would be to divide the beach using a natural barrier such as driftwood. He said there also have been several requests for a beach for dog owners.

Kudos were handed out to city public works employees for cleaning up Main Street Beach.

Birds got the attention of the mayor and Council, and the cooperation of Public Works Superintendent Tony Gugino.

Two members of the Lake Erie Bird Watchers Club asked that some dead treas and shrubs not be removed during cleanup and construction of the new bike path through Point Gratiot. They said warblers use the area during migration and stop there for feeding before crossing Lake Erie.

They also said it is a nesting site for breeds of woodpeckers and attracts many bird watchers from throughout the area. Oddly enough, the request also included a plea to leave the large dead trees as they provide a breeding place for insects that the birds eat.

Council members approved the Ride for the Red Bike Tour for the American Red Cross on June 16. The 25-mile route will be through the city and the campus of Fredonia State College. There also will be the options of a shorter 10-mile route and a longer 50-mile route.

Also on the agenda was the annual Beach Bash on June 8 and 9 at City Pier. Music, firemen's hose races and other events will be featured. This event also includes the popular "build your own boat contest."